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Become A Front End Cashier

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Working As A Front End Cashier

  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Repetitive

  • $17,077

    Average Salary

What Does A Front End Cashier Do

Cashiers process payments from customers purchasing goods and services.

Duties

Cashiers typically do the following:

  • Greet customers
  • Scan or register customers’ purchases
  • Accept payments from customers and give change and receipts
  • Bag or wrap customers’ purchases
  • Process returns and exchanges of merchandise
  • Answer customers’ questions and provide information about store policies
  • Help customers sign up for store rewards programs or credit cards
  • Count the money in their register at the beginning and end of each shift

In some establishments, cashiers have to check the age of their customers when selling age-restricted products, such as alcohol and tobacco. Some cashiers may have duties not directly related to sales and customer service, such as mopping floors, taking out the trash, and other custodial tasks. Others may stock shelves or mark prices on items.

Cashiers use scanners, registers, or calculators to process payments and returns or exchanges of merchandise.

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How To Become A Front End Cashier

Cashiers are trained on the job. There are no formal education requirements to become a cashier.

Education

Although most jobs for cashiers have no specific education requirements, some employers may prefer applicants with a high school diploma or equivalent. Cashiers should have a basic knowledge of mathematics, because they need to be able to make change and count the money in their registers.

Training

Cashiers receive on-the-job training, which may last a few weeks. An experienced worker typically helps new cashiers learn how to operate equipment such as scanners or registers.

Advancement

Working as a cashier is often a steppingstone to other careers in retail. For example, with experience, cashiers may become customer service representatives, retail sales workers, or sales managers.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Cashiers must pay attention to customers’ questions and explain pricing.

Customer-service skills. Cashiers must be courteous and friendly when helping customers.

Dexterity. Cashiers use their hands to operate registers and scan purchases.

Integrity. Cashiers must calculate payments accurately and be trusted to process customers’ financial information.

Patience. Cashiers must be able to remain calm when interacting with customers.

Physical stamina. Cashiers stand for long periods.

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Average Length of Employment
Head Cashier 2.5 years
Cashier/Deli Clerk 2.3 years
Lead Cashier 2.2 years
Grocery Cashier 2.1 years
Front End Cashier 2.0 years
Front End Clerk 2.0 years
Service Cashier 1.9 years
Cashier Operator 1.8 years
Parking Cashier 1.7 years
Check Cashier 1.7 years
Waiter And Cashier 1.7 years
Sales Associate 1.6 years
Cashier 1.6 years
Cashier/Sales 1.6 years
Baker/Cashier 1.6 years
Bookseller/Cashier 1.6 years
Cashier/Closer 1.6 years
Cashier Associate 1.5 years
Check Out Cashier 1.5 years
Cashier/Host 1.4 years
Retail Cashier 1.4 years
Concession Cashier 1.4 years
Hostess Cashier 1.4 years
Front Cashier 1.3 years
Floor Cashier 1.3 years
Overnight Cashier 1.2 years
Seasonal Cashier 0.5 years
Top Employers Before
Cashier 24.6%
Internship 4.1%
Server 3.1%
Volunteer 3.0%
Waitress 2.9%
Hostess 2.7%
Manager 2.1%
Supervisor 1.8%
Secretary 1.7%
Top Employers After
Cashier 19.2%
Server 4.0%
Internship 3.9%
Teller 2.9%
Manager 2.4%
Volunteer 2.2%
Waitress 2.1%

Front End Cashier Demographics

Gender

Female

73.7%

Male

24.2%

Unknown

2.1%
Ethnicity

White

78.6%

Hispanic or Latino

13.0%

Asian

6.4%

Unknown

1.5%

Black or African American

0.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

66.9%

French

8.6%

German

4.6%

Mandarin

2.5%

Japanese

2.5%

Italian

1.8%

Vietnamese

1.5%

Carrier

1.5%

Arabic

1.5%

Chinese

1.2%

Cantonese

1.2%

Russian

0.9%

Tagalog

0.9%

Portuguese

0.9%

Hmong

0.6%

Korean

0.6%

Filipino

0.6%

Greek

0.6%

Urdu

0.6%

Swedish

0.3%
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Front End Cashier Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

17.6%

Northern Virginia Community College

7.1%

Kaplan University

6.5%

Ashford University

6.2%

Liberty University

5.1%

University of North Texas

5.1%

Hudson Valley Community College

4.8%

Southern New Hampshire University

4.5%

Grand Canyon University

4.2%

Monroe Community College

4.0%

University of Arizona

3.7%

Delgado Community College

3.7%

Utah Valley University

3.7%

Essex County College

3.7%

Kennesaw State University

3.4%

Northern Arizona University

3.4%

Georgia Perimeter College

3.4%

Bryant and Stratton College

3.4%

Onondaga Community College

3.4%

Virginia Commonwealth University

3.1%
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Majors

Business

20.9%

Criminal Justice

7.5%

Psychology

7.4%

Nursing

7.0%

Accounting

6.5%

Health Care Administration

6.0%

Medical Assisting Services

5.9%

General Studies

5.7%

Communication

4.4%

Liberal Arts

3.2%

Education

2.9%

Cosmetology

2.7%

Computer Science

2.7%

Biology

2.7%

English

2.6%

Graphic Design

2.6%

Human Services

2.5%

Marketing

2.4%

Sociology

2.3%

Pharmacy

2.2%
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Degrees

Other

38.1%

Bachelors

33.2%

Associate

16.7%

Certificate

4.8%

Masters

3.8%

Diploma

2.5%

License

0.6%

Doctorate

0.2%
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Top Skills for A Front End Cashier

CustomerServiceSkillsServiceDeskSalesFloorCustomerComplaintsFront-EndCashierPhoneCallsLotteryTicketsCustomerSatisfactionOrderlyCheckoutAreasAutomaticDebitsCustomerQuestionsGreetingCustomersStockShelvesCommunicationSkillsPOSCustomerInquiriesCustomerOrdersWICCustomerTransactionsIdentifyPrices

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Top Front End Cashier Skills

  1. Customer Service Skills
  2. Service Desk
  3. Sales Floor
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Assisted members in checking out their groceries, customer service skills, cash handling, Safety Committee member.
  • Helped customers with questions, helped with the running of the layaway dept and service desk.
  • Worked front end registers, put away stock on sales floor, developed photos, kept work area clean
  • Resolved customer complaints in a professional and calm manner to prevent further situations.
  • Worked on the sale floor and in the customer service desk and as a front-end cashier.

Top Front End Cashier Employers